RNZYS 1st & 2nd heading into final day at Harken Youth International in Sydney
After qualifying at the top of the Round Robin yesterday Pacific Racing/ RNZYS Performance Programme team skippered by Leo Takahashi with his crew of Josh Wijohn, Taylor Balogh & Tim Snedden, had a solid day today winning their quarterfinal against Callum Radford from RPNYC Wellington, three nil.
They then chose to race Jelmer van Beek (DAN) in the Semi-finals, where they managed to take the series with 3 wins no losses.
RNZYS Youth Training Programme skipper James Wilson and his crew of Zak Merton, Sam Barnett & Bradley McLaughlin also won their semi-final against Port Killian (USA) on three wins, no losses.
James then had a tough semi-final match up with the Aussie Finn Tapper (CYCA), the team lost the first race, but ended up winning the next three to proceed on three wins, one loss.
Coach Reuben Corbett described their last matchup in the round robin “it had 4 lead changes so we’re hoping for some good racing”. Whatever happens in the finals tomorrow we’ll have RNZYS first and second and some great mate against mate racing, a good battle between our Youth Training and Performance Programmes. Well done teams!!
Harken Day 3 Summary
Just what the Race Officer ordered – another day of blue skies, good vibes and fantastic sailing on Pittwater for day 3 of the 2017 HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Regatta. Teams were greeted by a 15-18kt steady NE Breeze to finish off the quarter finals, 9-12 sail offs and semi-finals, allowing our race management team to fire through the draw and determine the 2017 finalists.
Leonard Takahashi (JAP) continued his dominating streak to win the quarter finals against Royal Port Nicholson team Callum Radford (3-0) and then elected to race against 4th placed skipper Jelmer Van Beek in the semi-finals. With clean pre-starts and tidy corners he then won the semi-final 3 – 0 to progress to the finals. Takahashi has made the finals, dropping only one race from the beginning of the regatta in stage 1, an impressive feat amongst elite competitors.
Finn Tapper of the C.Y.C.A sailed a closely matched semi-final against kiwi sailor James Wilson from the R.N.Z.Y.S. In their first match, a penalty was given to Wilson after a port – starboard collision. Tapper then stayed in phase with the breeze and sailed cleanly around the track to take the win. In their second match, Wilson evened the score, winning the pin and sailing to the favored side of the course to maintain his lead to the finish. He then continued his clean sailing in matches 3 and 4, to maintain the lead in both matches and take the second place in the finals against training partner Takahashi (JAP).
Not to be discounted, the 9 – 12 round robin sail offs showcased the talent of all of this year’s competitors with some of the closest finishes seen in the regatta so far. This year’s youngest team Eliott Quintin from Cercle Nautique Caledonien turned heads with their impressive boat handling skills and strong pre-starts. Local Sydney team from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron sailed a fantastic 9th to 12th round robin, winning all three matches and jumping from 12th to 11th in the final standings.
With yet another great weather forecast for tomorrow’s petite and finals day our finalists are gearing up in contention for the Rockin Robin. Spectators are welcome to bring their vessels out to the race course to watch the racing live, with further coverage for international followers via the Facebook live drone!
For full results:
For full results see: http://www.intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au/results
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- Leonard Takahashi (JAP) – Pacific Racing Team
- James Wilson (NZL) – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
- Finn Tapper (AUS) – Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
- Jelmer Van Beek (NED) – Team Dutch Wave
- David Wood (USA) – Balboa Yacht Club
- Callum Radford (NZL) – Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club
- William Curtiss (USA) – Chicago Yacht Club
- Porter Killian (USA) – Balboa Yacht Club
- Sarah Parker (AUS) – The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
- John Lynch (AUS) – Darwin Sailing Club
- Charlotte Griffin (AUS) – The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
Eliott Quintin (New Cal) – Cercle Nautique Caledonien
See full results HERE